Rank #1: Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Art of Starting Over. Porchlight + Litquake 2015
Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of “Kill Your Darlings.” Featuring stories by Heather Mackey, Martha Tolles, Neal Pollack, Mark Haskell Smith, Siamak Vossoughi and Ali Liebegott.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on October 12, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Dec 15 2015
Rank #2: It's Not You: Stories about Heartache, Heartbreak and Break-Ups
Porchlight and SF Sketchfest present stories from:
Soccer journalist--Alan Black
Stand-up comedian--April Richardson
Zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist--Nicole Georges
Comedian, actor, musician, and host of “The Dave Hill Explosion”--Dave Hill
Comedian, actor, and writer --Scott Capurro
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Podcast produced by Briana Breen. From February 8, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Mar 16 2013
Rank #3: Back To School! Porchlight Open Door
Get schooled with these stories from teachers, students, and people learning (or not learning) formative lessons.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jack Boulware September 24, 2012 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
Aug 18 2013
Rank #4: Last One to Leave Please Turn Out the Lights
A very special edition of the Bay Area’s longest-running storytelling series, now in its 13th year! An evening of unforgettable stories by a stellar cast of feisty San Franciscans who are STILL HERE. So you know: This show is not meant to be a bummer, but rather a rollicking night featuring people who love this city and would prefer to stay here and keep on loving it. Stories from: Tim Redmond, Cammy Blackstone, Rio and Rene Yañez, Marilynn Fowler, Shannon Matesky and Ed Wolf. Also featuring songs by: Stephen Smith and Tom Heyman.
Hosted by native San Franciscans Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle, along with Beth Lisick (born in San "The Hose" Jose, y'all!) on April 20, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.
May 12 2015
Rank #5: Exit Interview: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Ass
Stories of making an exit from: Mike Morasky, Brittney Gilbert, Michael Ching, Broke-Ass Stuart aka Stuart Schuffman, and Kelly Beardsley. Special musical performance by Carletta Sue Kay.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on September 16, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
Oct 09 2013
Rank #6: There Will Be Blood: The Family Show
Extra helpings of family secrets, evil step-grandmothers, famous fathers, and horrible dinner table conversation will be served. Stories from: Sean Keane, Marianna Cherry, Christopher Caen, Jay Beaman, Karen Duffin and Ali Liebegott.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on November 18, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Nov 27 2013
Rank #7: Imposter
Stories of lies, deception, and trickery from:
The Roxie Theatre's--Mike KeeganArtist and radio producer--Stacy BondAuthor and Litquake co-founder--Jack BoulwareSan Francisco real estate agent--Steve MavromihalisMills College professor--Maura FinkelsteinYA novelist and MR. T Experience frontman--Frank Portman
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jon Moscone June 17, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
Jun 30 2013
Rank #8: Porchlight + Greenhouse: JOBS
Aug 01 2016
Rank #9: Busted! Epic tales from Porchlight's 4th Anniversary Show.
Stories of getting busted: rock stars, famous actors, car thiefs, truth-seekers, and more.
*SF Film Festival programmer, SEAN UYEHARA
*Legendary music journalist, SYLVIE SIMMONS
*BART train operator and tour bus driver, KELLY BEARDSLEY
*Writer, public radio commentator, and author of “The Ramen King and I,” ANDY RASKIN
*Law professor, author, and community activist, the late LINDA MABRY
*Film soundtrack composer and founder of Secret Studios, Mr. HAPPY SANCHEZ
*Namer, crossword puzzle writer, and comedian, ANDREA MICHAELS
*Writer and musician, ERIC SHEA
Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte. Music by Marc Capelle. Podcast produced by Briana Breen. From July 2004 at San Francisco’s Café Du Nord.
Nov 04 2012
Rank #10: Kitchen Confidential 2016
Kitchen Confidential is back! Hear some of SF's finest onstage with their insider stories about food, restaurants, kitchens, customers, and the vagaries of having a life in the service industry. Writer and restaurant person Karen Leibowitz. Natural foods expert/writer Matt Levine. Cookbook author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Comedian Kyle Mizono. Chef/teacher Erika Almeida Mooney and superstar chef Richie Nakano. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on April 13, 2016 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Jun 04 2016
Rank #11: Too Hard To Keep
Stories about times it was too hard to keep it together, too hard to keep a secret, too hard to keep thinking about, and too hard to keep up. Told by Michael Bunin, Suzanne Kleid, Brian McMullen, and Rick Oginz.
Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte on March 20, 2014 at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.
May 02 2014
Rank #12: Kitchen Confidential 2014
Kitchen Confidential, Porchlight's most anticipated show of the year. Get all the dirt from the top food people in this unapologetically food-obsessed town, as stories from the kitchen, the front of the house, and the food truck are told onstage.
Stories from: Chef and TV Personality Joey Altman, James Beard Award Winner and Slanted Door's Charles Phan, Author and St. Vincent Owner David Lynch, Restaurant Family Scion and ll Fornaio Co-Owner Mike Mindel, Writer and Culinary Tour Guide Nina Tamburello, and Former Private Chef Zahra Noorbakhsh.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Delfina's Craig Stoll on May 19, 2014 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Mar 20 2015
Rank #13: Comics take the stage: Sketchfest 2012
Etiquette advice for stalking celebrities, becoming a man through Bar Mitzvah and phone sex, how breaking bones can be good for your health, and why sometimes you really need a BB gun to take down the Xmas tree.
Stories from: Bobcat Goldthwait, Moshe Kasher, Caitlin Gill, and Anna Seregina.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 20, 2012 at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.
Nov 12 2013
Rank #14: Comics Take the Stage: SF Sketchfest 2015
Feb 17 2015
Rank #15: As Luck Would Have It. Porchlight's Eleventh Anniversary Show!
British bookbinder—Dominic Riley
Literary superstar—Michelle Tea
YA author and Mr. T. Experience frontman—Frank Portman
Poet, actor and storyteller—Hai Ning Luan
Musician and talent booker—Anthony Bedard
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick July 26, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Podcast Produced by Briana Breen
Aug 04 2013
Rank #16: Porchlight Open Door: Scary, Creepy, Not OK!
Porchlight Halloween show. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle on October 27th, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern
Dec 23 2014
Rank #17: Porchlight Open Door: Feast or Famine
Stories of appetites, obsessions, and hunger pains.
Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood on November 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.
Dec 15 2013
Rank #18: Ready to Wear: The Fashion Show
Mom, philanthropist and former model--Paula Williams
Fashion blogger--Adelle McElveen
Crafty lady and "What Not To Wear" victim--Pam DeLuco
Interior designer--John James
Former model turned writer--Meghan Ward
Author, teacher and performer--Richard Silberg
From March 21, 2011 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.
Jul 23 2013
Rank #19: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Porchlight returns with a Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution edition featuring Wavy Gravy, Bob Barsotti, Eric Shea, Deanne Franklin, Bart Davenport, and Lorrie Murray. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on May 12, 2016 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung.
Jun 29 2016
Rank #20: Bay Area Love Stories
Stories about love and the Bay Area told by Chinaka Hodge, Thao Nguyen, Anthony Bedard, Dana Merwin, John Reichmuth, Hiya Swanhuyser and music by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte & Beth Lisick on September 4, 2014 at the California Academy of Sciences.
Oct 21 2014